This is Part Two of a two-part session on "The Business Imperative For Improving Diversity and Inclusion". See Part One (immediately prior, from 2:30 - 3:30p on Thursday) here. Attendance at both sessions is highly recommended, but not required.
There is growing awareness that it is in the collective best interest of the AEC industry to foster a more inclusive workplace. In 2012, AIA reported that 18% of members were women and only 9% were minorities. In the U.S. and many other industrialized countries, the trend line is clear. Businesses will need to address the scenario of growing diversity in the available talent pool. A diverse workforce is essential to delivering innovative, effective, and culturally relevant services. Diversity means moving beyond stereotypes of gender, culture, race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexuality, physical abilities and economic background to form teams of talented professionals creating socially and environmentally impactful work. Inclusion spurs creativity and innovation is born from an engaged culture of diverse people, ideas and perspectives.
In the second part of this two-part discussion, participants will have an opportunity to engage panel members and to continue the conversation in smaller breakout groups. Breakout group participants will be invited to share some of the challenges and successes they are currently seeing in their own organizations.
Want to learn more about this session? Read our interview with speaker Julie Hiromoto here!